PHILADELPHIA, PA / ACCESSWIRE / April 29, 2016 / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital today announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification. The certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.
Jefferson underwent a rigorous onsite review on April 7th, 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.
"Jefferson is pleased to receive this certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA, the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. "We take great pride in the safe, quality care we provide to each and every patient, and we look forward to maintaining and improving upon our standard of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery."
"Achieving Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes Jefferson's commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients," said Wendi Roberts, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "The advanced certification will help Jefferson better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement."
Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.
SOURCE: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital